CANNABIS CULTURE- The tide of the times is shifting back to the natural order. The problem is, the image of legalization proposed by regulation barons in Canada and many other geo-political reasons focuses to much on fear, finance and licensed production while downplaying the possible miracles free use of cannabis could bring. Here’s why the legalization model needs to go further.
Practicing in the area of drug offences, Toronto Defence Lawyers have successfully defended countless drug offences under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, including cannabis-related criminal offences. The medicinal applications of cannabis — and why it is, in fact, a medication worth legalizing – are outlined in the infographic below.
Cannabis has countless medical applications. As you will see below, clinical studies have shown that the chemical compounds in cannabis – CBD and THC – effectively treat chronic pain and a significant number of other ailments. The largest-ever study on cannabis examined over 10,000 other studies and found cannabis to be an effective treatment option for chronic pain many other health conditions, including muscle spasms due to multiple sclerosis, nausea in those undergoing chemotherapy, inflammation, arthritis, fibromyalgia, anxiety, stress, PTSD and more.
In addition, medical marijuana has also been proven to lower incidents of opioid prescriptions and opioid-related deaths due to its ability to effectively treat pain and many other health conditions. Statistics show that those states that have legalized medical marijuana count fewer incidents of opioid-related deaths. Besides harm reduction, an anticipated benefit of legalizing cannabis is that the profits to organized crime from the illegal marijuana drug trade will be cut off and replaced with legitimate business and government profits.
Still, despite the above noted benefits of cannabis legalization, the present lack of regulation needs to be addressed. With legalization of marijuana anticipated as of July 2018, current suppliers operate in a legal grey area and often feel little pressure to meet Health Canada standards – as evidenced by the fact that ⅓ of Toronto dispensaries do not currently comply. Non-regulated cannabis could potentially contain everything from yeast and mold to bacteria typically found in sewage and the intestinal tracts of humans. In fact, a study of a popular dispensary in Toronto found that its marijuana contained 9 times the acceptable levels of yeasts and molds, as well as significant traces of the bacteria often found in sewage. Legalization offers the potential of addressing these issues of regulation and quality control.
Despite its long, complicated history, the benefits of the legalization of cannabis cannot be denied. Its potential as a medicinal treatment option for a wide number of health issues and a much needed defence against the opioid epidemic should become apparent once the Liberal government’s recently proposed bill passes, anticipated to legalize recreational marijuana use as of June 2018.